Created in response to our collaborative research project:
A new feature-length experimental film from Impermanence, looking back at the growth of modernism and the accompanying radical ideologies of the early twentieth century.
Born out of a research project where Impermanence commissioned 100 artists to respond to articles and extracts from early modernist magazines, the film is an abstract-dance-based-collage work, with new material filmed on the Bristol Old Vic stage during lockdown.
The film takes its name from one of the featured stories, that of Suffragette Mary Richardson, who in 1914 vandalised a painting of Venus in the National Gallery in protest at Emmeline Pankhurst’s imprisonment, but who would later go on to lead the Women’s section of the British Union of Fascists. The film scours through the political ambiguity that existed then and is mirrored today, where a fraternisation of opposites emerges when the status quo or centre ground becomes eroded.